Saudi king appoints prince Saud bin Nayef oil province governor

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:40am EST

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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia Jan 14 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah appointed Prince Saud bin Nayef as governor of the oil-producing Eastern Province, the Royal Court said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA on Monday.

The Eastern Province is where minority Shi'ite Muslims have held protests over the past two years calling for more rights and the release of jailed relatives.

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